Hi everyone, I’m Leah Remini, author of Troublemaker : Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. I’m an open book so ask me anything about Scientology. And, if you want more, check out my new show, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, tonight at 10/9c on A&E.

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cdougyfresh6742 karma

How much did you pay to the church throughout your time there?

TheRealLeahRemini7794 karma


meatpoi6344 karma

Do the higher ups know it's a scam or do they really believe this crap?

TheRealLeahRemini7674 karma

The higher up is singular. And he definitely knows. however I believe most parishioners and Sea Org members (people who work for the "church") are int he dark and believe that they are doing amazing things for the world. And David Miscavige is directly responsible for that fraud.

m_wolk6193 karma

Are you safe?

TheRealLeahRemini7425 karma

Yes, I feel very safe. I have the support of my family and friends. And, I feel strangely protected by the world at large.

Heartless0005961 karma

Do you think there are members of the cult of Scientology reading this AMA?

TheRealLeahRemini8275 karma

Do I think? I know. Hi Karin Pouw and members of OSA! If any Sea Org member is currently reading this and works for OSA and wants to leave, I will help you... including Karin.

OneBoredBrer5958 karma

What's is the single most horrible thing you encountered in the ""church""?

TheRealLeahRemini6787 karma

I would say the "church's" Fair Game policy, and how they systematically go after anyone who publicly speaks out against them. Anyone who speaks out against the "church" is seen as an enemy.

englishscribblings5924 karma

Over the past 10 years, I've seen my parents get deeper and deeper into Scientology. Decent reasoning, science and logic have done nothing to convince them to question the church. From someone who left, is there anything a loved one can do to help a brainwashed member see the truth, without ruining the relationship completely?

TheRealLeahRemini7026 karma

If you want to get them out there is no way to do it nicely. There is no way to do it quietly. You have to challenge them by saying, "If you can think for yourself, if you have truly accomplished what scientology says you have accomplished, you should be able to speak freely on any subject. If you have completed the "PTS/SP Course" you should be able to confront and shatter suppression." You should ask them how is it then that you can't watch a movie called Going Clear or look on the internet if you are the elite of the planet and handling the planet's ills if you can't think for yourself. I only hope that your challenge will get them to simply look.

TheRealLeahRemini6356 karma

Fight like Hell. Never give up.

IhatemyISP5519 karma

Do you personally feel like you're being watched/tracked/etc by the church for doing everything your doing?

TheRealLeahRemini6914 karma

I am. I'm okay with it because I knew what I was getting into and I knew the policies of the "church" and what would happen by my speaking out against it.

rightsidedown5396 karma

Why do you think there are so many people in the entertainment industry in the religion?

TheRealLeahRemini7010 karma

If you really look at the numbers at the entertainment industry, in comparison to the small number of scientologists that are celebrities, the number wouldn't even register. I think Scientology has done an amazing job convincing people that there is a great number of celebrities in the "Church."

welsh_dragon_roar5036 karma

If all Scientology's secrets were revealed tomorrow, which do you think would be most shocking?

TheRealLeahRemini6948 karma

When you reach the top of The Bridge (OTP 8) you will be told that God is a lie for LRH, and there are more levels ahead, that will cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. There is no end to Scientology.

terrynutkinsfinger4721 karma

Can you imagine a scenario where you may be cast alongside a Scientologist or would it not be allowed?

TheRealLeahRemini6145 karma

That would not be allowed from their end.

Legeto4677 karma

When you were a scientologist did you ever get any weird reactions from other famous people?

TheRealLeahRemini7555 karma

Weird reactions? No. I got appropriate reactions, "Why are you in this crazy shit?"

Devo_Dizzybottoms4579 karma

What do you think happened to David's wife?

TheRealLeahRemini5959 karma

I actually do not know. Ask the LAPD.

t0talnonsense4342 karma

Have you seen the HBO documentary Going Clear? If so, would you say it's an accurate representation the church and worth showing to people?

TheRealLeahRemini5984 karma

Very much so. I thought it was very accurate. I was shocked how accurate it was for not coming from Scientologists. I wanted to see more stories about how it affected children. The systematic recruitment of members' children. I wish it would have told the story of how Scientologists give their children to the "Church." It protects the life source that is continually bolstering the religion. But, I think they did an amazing job and they cleared the path for people like me to speak about it. HBO was very brave in taking it on. As is A&E, as it will be the first network is do a full series about it.

uuussseeerrr1114341 karma

What do you think Scientology will look like in 50-100 years? Do you think it has longevity or is it going to come to an end?

TheRealLeahRemini5823 karma

I hope that its abusive practices come to an end. I'm all for people believing in things that are decent.

Orr-eo4328 karma

Is it true they record your meetings and blackmail you with the recordings?

TheRealLeahRemini6095 karma

Yes, every "therapy room" is equipped with cameras and listening devices, as admitted by the "Church." Do they use it for blackmail? No, they use it to discredit you when you speak out.

Rach_alGhul4314 karma

How are they able to recruit intelligent people into what appears to be an obvious scam and cult?

TheRealLeahRemini5941 karma

Most Scientologists are 2nd or 3rd generation, they were born and raised into an ideology and have been surrounded and isolated. It is all they know. They are victims. Most of the original Scientologists are all out and have spoken out. Unfortunately, their children were indoctrinated by them.... are still loyal, faithful and have cut off communication due to the policy of disconnection.

nella204259 karma

Was there a single breaking point that convinced you to leave the church? Or was it a long term struggle with the decision?

TheRealLeahRemini5855 karma

Long term struggle, however, seeing the "church" attack those who were speaking out, those who gave their life, life savings, their children to this organization that were once considered exemplary Scientologists or staff members of the church to being liars, bitter apostates, and what ever vile sophomoric, vitriolic adjective they can find overnight says a lot about the organization.

rennob3967 karma

How do the powers that be in Scientology keep their followers from reading anti-Scientology news, or your book? Why don't more scientologists leave?

TheRealLeahRemini5298 karma

Great question. Because very early on in the brainwashing process, L. Ron Hubbard's "technology" teaches you that outside sources (i.e. The news, the Internet, books, magazines) are ALL LIES and hellbent on destroying something decent like Scientology. The AMA, and APA, and all "governments" do not give scientology its due because they have a vested interest in not healing people and not helping people. And Scientology is in the business of making people better. So Scientologists are taught that their safest bet is to get their info from the only true decent people...and those are Scientologists. And if they look on the internet, if they read time mag, they will be met with punishment at their expense. And, as a Scientologist...you have to confess that you've read outside materials, and that will be met with punishment at your expense.

noselfglossing3666 karma

Have any other actors come to you for support or help?

TheRealLeahRemini3955 karma

The policy of the "Church" does not allow them to come to me. Former high ranking Sea Org members like Debbie Cook and former members like Katie Holmes are forbidden to speak to other SPs. Certain members are forced to sign agreements that does not allow them to speak to ex members.

jmejumps13660 karma

Are you still in contact with any friends that are still part of the church?

TheRealLeahRemini5923 karma

I am an SP (supressive person). You are not allowed to be in contact with an SP. I would love to talk to my former friends and see my goddaughter.

spozeicandothis3612 karma

What odds do you give of the whole thing collapsing once Miscavige dies?

TheRealLeahRemini4929 karma

The policies of the "Church" are the policies of the "Church." They will not change, and there will be someone right behind him ready to pick up where he left off.

SCAND1UM3253 karma

What OT level are you?

TheRealLeahRemini4037 karma


mlp-r34-clopper3253 karma

do you remember what your initial reaction was upon first seeing the course materials for OT3?

TheRealLeahRemini5113 karma

Yes my first reaction was "Are you all fucking nuts?" and then I looked at my mother and said "What kind of bullshit did you get me in?" My only option was to leave, but at the time my family was not ready to go. The "church" told me I didn't need to believe it, just do it. And they always pose this question: "Are you ready to leave everything you've ever known?"

duncecap_3220 karma

Was there a secret group of people or friends you had in the church that doubted it? Or did you feel alone.

TheRealLeahRemini5626 karma

I felt alone. If you ever confided in friends then you were (as policy dictates)... reported and turned in. Very 1984, very George Orwell.

Survivedtheapocalyps3118 karma

Out of all the rumors surrounding Scientology, which one is true and hits home the hardest for you?

TheRealLeahRemini5791 karma

I don't what rumors we're referring to here. I haven't read anything that has been inaccurate.

ganooosh2759 karma

Are people actively being held prisoner against their will?

If so, how upsetting is it that the government and law enforcement does not act?

TheRealLeahRemini4368 karma

It's very upsetting. I'm only an actress with a short window of interest. So it is up to the authorities who have to do something about it and the judges who are hearing cases of abuse, coerced abortions, being held prisoner, fraud, mental and emotional imprisonment. They won't look at cases to decide its a religion. They have to separate and look at the law. Your doctrine is abusive. It mandates that you abuse people.

Watching_You_Type2734 karma

Considering that Scientology is consistently painted in such a negative light how did you maintain the commitment to Scientology for so long?

TheRealLeahRemini4243 karma

Because i was taught to believe that the controversy was due to people being unaware of what Scientology was truly doing in the world which was good things. I also felt the press was focused on making fun of Scientology and not what was important, so it was easy to turn away from the information. And also a major part of Scientology is learning how to fight your critics. If i wasn't fighting I wasn't being a good Scientologist.

92sho162657 karma

What is something the average citizen can do to help prevent Scientology growth?

TheRealLeahRemini3871 karma

Speak to your local councilmen/women about cracking down on the abuse of its citizens. I believe people have influences, they know judges, lawyers, police enforcement I think everyone bringing attention to these abuses can help. It takes a community to police itself.

Nekopawed2582 karma

How are children treated in Scientology?

TheRealLeahRemini4469 karma

As old spirits in little bodies who have returned to Scientology... children are treated as adults.

MaxStamina2207 karma

Former Sea Org member in recovery here. What do you hope to accomplish with your expos'e?

TheRealLeahRemini3014 karma

Greater awareness. Exposing the truths. Not letting to continue to let them bully people into silence and submission.

Sfetaz2167 karma

How different would you say your view of Hollywood is now compared to when you were on Saved by the Bell and did your experience with Scientology effect these views versus if you never joined them?

TheRealLeahRemini3674 karma

When I was a Scientologist I saw Hollywood as a dark, lost bunch of souls that needed saving. Now I see it as any other business and that we're all just trying to do right by ourselves, right by our friends and family and that people outside of scientology are not bad.

advocate41851 karma

As a psychologist, I am curious what you observed as mental health 'treatment' with Scientology? In addition, I am aware the 'church' is against psychology; how was this opposition demonstrated within or by the 'church'? Finally, in your opinion how prevalent are mental health difficulties with the Scientology community?

Thank you for your time.

TheRealLeahRemini2834 karma

The "Church" doctrine thinks that fields of psychology and psychiatry are a sham. They deny mental illness and afflictions. They promote that you can heal your psycho-sematic issues with their "technology." They will get in the way of people taking medications. They will prevent people from getting the real medical help that they need. and in some cases have caused suicides because of it. Scientology is mentally abusive because we are all taught that we are responsible for everything.

FrozenGushers1814 karma

What is your overall opinion on organized Religion now? Did your view on say Christianity change?

TheRealLeahRemini4534 karma

Yes my view of religion changed in that I am no longer a bigot against people's religious beliefs when it doesn't harm other people, promote killing people for their beliefs... like extremism. But if religion brings you comfort, hope, and a sense of community, I say "whatever works for you."

gggjennings1561 karma

From what I've seen of Scientology, it seems like there is a major difference in treatment between celebrity "followers" and folks in Sea Org who are tortured, locked in the Hole, beaten publicly by Miscavige, etc.

Did the news of this mistreatment find its way to celebrities and general "members" of the Church who weren't in Sea Org? Or were people left completely in the dark?

TheRealLeahRemini2223 karma

No, and if they did hear about it, we were told that those claiming abuse were lying. Then I would have been interrogated and even punished for asking.

smoke-billowing1528 karma

Are there any sexual malpractices that occur in the church?

TheRealLeahRemini2725 karma

I have read stories on the internet. I was told personally by a few people that I personally know that there was sexual abuse. When I was 16 and working for a "senior Scientologist" who was in his late 30's, he had sex with a 16 year old friend of ours. And the "Church" handled it internally. All abuses are dealt within the "Church" as it is an enemy act in the "Church" to prosecute another member. Please do not take my word for it, just google the words "Scientology and sexual abuse."

atechnicnate1477 karma

What is the most unusual 'corrective action' you've seen them physically do to someone?

TheRealLeahRemini2569 karma

The most abusive thing that I've experienced is seeing the victims being further victimized by an organization that claims these things did not take place... from physical, to sexual, to mental abuse.

EdensDad131356 karma

Is Tom Cruise really the "Messiah?"

EDIT: Holy shit my highest rated comment is about our almighty savior, Tom Cruise! I knew Scientology was legit!!!

TheRealLeahRemini2135 karma

To the "Church," yes. Parishioners believe that he is singlehandedly changing the planet because that is what the "Church" is telling them.

be4u4get1323 karma

You are so brave for telling the truth about Scientology. Why are so many other people staying quiet? What can we do to help?

TheRealLeahRemini1987 karma

Thank you! Watch our show tonight and spread awareness. It is bigger what people think. This religion is massive.

boltz861201 karma

Did being a Scientologist help your acting career?

TheRealLeahRemini2614 karma

I'm sure there were tools that helped me to be able to communicate better, not be nervous when I walked in the room. Acting classes would have been cheaper. Or maybe staying in Brooklyn a little longer would have been more beneficial to my acting career.

KnopeOut1129 karma

I've been a huge fan since the early days of KoQ (was watching at 11, now 24!). Did you ever find that your religion interfered with your work in a way you would turn town any potential jobs, either for your own religious reasons or advice received from members?

TheRealLeahRemini1770 karma

I was punished for doing Stuff magazine because it was too racy. They would not want us to do anything that would be considered not "becoming of a Scientologist." I see they have since changed their stance of what they believe is "becoming of a Scientologist."

Gingerninja161036 karma

What do members actually gain from being a member? How is it made worth all the money and time they invest?

TheRealLeahRemini2042 karma

They gain a purpose. They gain a group. They gain a sense of accomplishment (awards, certificates). They gain an education that in the real world LRH states would be equivalent to getting a "PHD in life." You become an elitist. That you have all the answers in life. If you have a question about life, you are made to think that Scientology has the answer.

samusxmetroid959 karma

How can we destroy scientology?

TheRealLeahRemini2328 karma

I don't want to destroy Scientology. I only want them to admit to the fraud that they promote, to not deny the confidential upper levels of the religion, so people can decide if they want to spend $250K and their lives doing it. That they admit to the policies of Fair Game. That they allow people to decide for themselves where they get their information. That they admit to disconnection and leave families the fuck alone.

heyzeusmaryandjoseph907 karma

We can (almost correctly) assume that celebrities receive special treatment because of their status - could you elaborate more on that? For instance, how would your experiences in the church differ from someone who is not a celebrity?

And a follow up - do you think that more celebrities would like to break free from the church but are afraid because of the repercussions? Is there any merit to the claim that there's so much dirt on them that could be exposed that they may not want to leave?

Hope you convince others to follow your path!

TheRealLeahRemini1868 karma

We had special course rooms in separate parts of the buildings. Any complaint we had about the outside world was met with agreement from the "Church." We were serviced differently, we had supervisors doing courses in our homes, giving special schedules to celebrities. Staff was interrogated by the Church. Often times there were Sea Org members working for celebrities in their homes, personally working for them. I know of one celeb who had a sea org member working in their home and sea org members were averaging $25/week. The labor laws don't apply to any church therefor they were made to work ungodly hours, forced into interrogations if making human mistakes around the celebrity.

CHKRazor836 karma

My sense is that Scientology, like many fraternities/secret societies, learns your deepest, darkest secrets (via E-Meter, aka lie detector) and then uses them to blackmail you into donating and/or doing their bidding once you become rich and/or successful. Am I close?

TheRealLeahRemini1198 karma

I think that's a small part of it. What's more important and the thing to focus on is that from the first book Dianetics, people are made to believe indoctrinates i believe to be false and fraudulent...so it is more taking hostage of a person's faith, their "eternity," the saving of mankind and most importantly, the fear of losing all of your family and friends if you question or speak out.

Kugelblitz60282 karma

Are you an theist now or does another religion seem more appealing?

TheRealLeahRemini942 karma

No, I'm not an atheist. It's not about being anything now. I do have faith in God. I do not judge people for their faith. I judge people who use religion to hurt people. I don't believe in a religion that shuns people for their beliefs, or that you should hurt people for their beliefs.